week 41’s ‘rogues’ gallery

By billn on October 14, 2017 #reports#travels in burgundy 2017

Some lovely visits to kick off the work for October’s 2016 White Burgundy Report. Wines that are really a surprise (to me) and it was particularly good to see some smiles on the faces of many vigneron(ne)s after their 2017 harvest – not everyone, but most.

Now it’s my birthday weekend (I’ve been told!) so time to open some bottles – no?

september’s burgundy report is online

By billn on October 09, 2017 #reports


Of-course the 2017 harvest, observations and some hints to what we might be tasting (and buying) in another 12-15 months are centre-stage.

With vintages ending in a ‘7’ in mind, a look at some ‘executive wines’ from the 1997 vintage – 20 years on. Even in a modest vintage, such things are only borderline ‘ready’ after 20 years.

Lastly a tour of Saint-Véran, it’s beautiful countryside and vineyard-scape – plus of-course one or two (88!) wines tasted.


July 2017 Burgundy Report online

By billn on September 01, 2017 #reports

[For subscribers] A profile of Saint Amour – is that even possible? Blind tasting about 50 St.Amours is of-course no-problem, likewise visiting ten new producers. Then back to the Côte de Nuits with a sniff of Chambolle-Musigny and much more Vosne-Romanée.


june 2017 burgundy report, now online

By billn on July 28, 2017 #reports

Online today – the June 2017 Burgundy Report

Ten reports covering new and revisited domaines from Chablis to Beaujolais – the latter, a modest tasting of 34 wines from the appellation of Moulin à Vent. Normally, I aim for at least a dozen reports per month in this ‘off-season’ time – but having ‘lost’ my car for 3 weeks, it’s fair to say that the logistics were not on my side in June – but I almost made it 🙂

Particularly nice was the opportunity to visit and taste 15s with Thierry Brouin at Domaine des Lambrays – in his last days at the helm of the domaine (since 1980!) before retirement. Such a great character…

burgundy report – april 2017

By billn on June 01, 2017 #reports

The April Burgundy Report is now online.

Marsannay is in focus with a profile of its vast area and complex network of lieux-dits. The proposal for premier crus – ‘the dossier!’ – showing how it should simplify our understanding of the appellation. There’s also a blind tasting of over 50 Marsannay wines – mostly from 2014 – with some of the appellations best producers in attendance – physically as well as their bottles!

But it’s not just Marsannay; in addition to some newly profiled domaines and a bunch of familiar names visited to taste their 2015s, there are also themed blind tasting of 2015s from Chiroubles, Irancy, Mâconnais and Régnié.

All told, a little over 260 wines. I hope that you will enjoy…

Here you go.


By billn on January 26, 2017 #producer update#reports

A sleeping giant awakens!

I sent Ray Walker my article for his ‘right of response’ a few hours before I publicly linked it by publishing my September 2016 Report:
Today a response, which I offer for transparency:


On 26 January 2017 at 09:23, Ray Walker wrote:

you will have my response shortly. For now, feel free to use the blog post that I made as a first instalment.
[my edit] link [end of my edit]
In short, your facts are not straight.


On 26 January 2017 at 09:46, Ray Walker wrote:

And Bill
I hope you have a great lawyer.


Of-course, Ray’s response is only in the spirit of “doing things in the right way

december’s burgundy report

By billn on December 21, 2016 #reports#site updates

My third Côte d’Or report is now online. Altogether the ‘whites,’ ‘reds’ and ‘grands maisons’ issues include commentary about 2016 and 2015 from over 80 producers and 1,300 wines.

Now comes a relative (report writing) pause for Christmas, then the 5th of January – is Chablis time!

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